The Wii U will go down in history as the worst selling home console that Nintendo has ever released. Only 13.36 million systems have been shipped worldwide as of September 30, 2016 – falling way short of GameCube’s 21 million. At its height, Nintendo sold over 101 million original Wii systems.
With the Nintendo Switch officially announced as coming out in March, it shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to learn that Nintendo is quietly stopping production of the Wii U. No more games are coming out for it this year, and only The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slated for next year – a game that will also be available on the Switch. As Nintendo begins production on Switch systems, it makes sense that Nintendo would want to cease making Wii U as the demand simply isn’t there and the component costs have failed to come down enough to lower the price of the product.
According to Eurogamer, this is the final week of production for the Wii U. The last unit will roll off production lines this Friday. Now that we know for certain that Nintendo Switch will not play Wii U or 3DS physical media, it might not be a bad idea to consider purchasing a Wii U if there are some good deals this holiday season. It definitely had some excellent first party games and even some decent third party efforts. It’s unknown if some of these games will be remade or made available on the Switch via the eShop, so having a Wii U could be the best way to enjoy some of the excellent content that Nintendo has produced over the past four years. If you’ve waited this long to hop on board, I definitely wouldn’t consider paying full price ($299), but if you can find it for $199 or $249 with some good games bundled in I’d say go for it! After this week, once the stock is sold there will be no more replenishments.